OGJ Editorial: No more CAFE futility

In 1975, the US Congress enacted corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for domestically made automobiles with the hope of reducing the country's dependence on imported oil. It didn't work. Now Congress is considering legislation that would toughen CAFE standards with the hope of preventing catastrophic warming of Planet Earth. That won't work either.Something about energy overwhelms people with the need to tell others how to live. Submission to this urge was perhaps inevitable in 1975, so soon after the Arab oil embargo of 1973-74. Political pressure was irresistible to respond to fears of oil shortage.It's now clear that those fears were exaggerated and that pan...

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